Watch a video introduction from Benjamin Watson
On Thursday, February 16, 2017, Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson and other national thought leaders—including author and Hall of Fame football coach Tony Dungy, former NFL Walter Payton Man-of-the-Year award winner Warrick Dunn, Heisman Trophy winner and Executive Director of Desire Street Ministries Danny Wuerffel, author and speaker Mo Isom, Detroit pastor and author J. Kevin Butcher, and Executive Director of Restoration Academy Ben Sciacca—will come together at The Crossing Church in Tampa, Florida, to discuss race and faith. The event will be moderated by ESPN’s Sage Steele and music will be provided by Lizzy Cameron.
After news broke in November 2014 that a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, voted not to indict the police officer responsible for killing Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, Benjamin Watson penned a heartfelt Facebook post that expressed his anger, fear, embarrassment, sadness, confusion, hopelessness, and hopefulness over the situation. One year later, Watson further unpacked his thoughts in his book, Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race and Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us. Since its release, Watson has become a widely recognized voice on the topic of race and faith in America.
Watson’s primary desire in Under Our Skin is to equip readers with tools to engage in issues of race from another’s perspective. The event’s speakers are committed to participating in a forum that will be thoughtful and respectful in its approach to challenging issues. At the conclusion of the forum, viewers will be provided with several actionable items to take back to their own communities to move the racial divide from an argument or political position toward a place of reconciliation and healing.